Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Sean Williams - Blue Tyson

Sean Williams is an author of science fiction and fantasy who has published over 30 novels and has exceeded that number in short fiction. Some of his novels are Star Wars tie-ins, and of the other science fiction, the majority is of space opera interest. Quite a number of these were written with Shane Dix. The Orphans series is a Greg Egan like story of posthumans in space, digitally so they can inhabit other bodies and the aliens and artifacts they encounter. The Unknown Soldier was rewritten later to become The Prodigal Sun.

The Evergence trilogy follows the exploits of a woman who is very good with computer technology and the AI she is tasked to safeguard, leading to revelations and the possibility of war with superhumans, and a terrible choice. The ending of which still creeps me out many years later.

Geodescia has a classic Big Dumb Object and posthuman rulers of civilisations, politics of privacy, modified spaceship dwellers, superweapons and more, all looping back to humanity and its origins.

The Astropolis trilogy has a genderbending posthuman awakening in the future to yet more conflict and old allies and enemies, weird religions that mollify their followers, the remnants of powerful AI and more. Who should control all this, or should anyone, even if they can? Getting on two years after publishers decided to reduce their sales and georestric books these are still not buyable. So the author is now off writing children's books instead, presumably because of low sales.

The Soap Bubble has the Reality TV show scenario - of a starship in space. A Glimpse Of The Marvellous Structure [And The Threat It Entails] is a Big Dumb Object crossover in a weird spacetime way. Do you plot against yourself?

Echoes of Earth

Heirs of Earth

Orphans of Earth

The Dark Imbalance

The Dying Light

The Prodigal Sun

Geodesica: Ascent

Geodesica: Descent

Saturn Returns

Earth Ascendant

The Grand Conjunction

The Soap Bubble

A Glimpse Of The Marvellous Structure [And The Threat It Entails]

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